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Rice tariff law to help bottom 30% attain food security

Rice tariff law to help bottom 30% attain food security

February 18, 2019, 4:52 pm

MANILA -- Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Monday said the newly-signed rice tariffication law would enable the bottom 30 percent income families to attain food security by helping them put "enough rice on their tables". Gatchalian made the statement as he welcomed the signing into law of the… Read More

QC to launch financial program for pregnant, postpartum women

QC to launch financial program for pregnant, postpartum women

February 18, 2019, 4:49 pm

MANILA -- The Quezon City government is set to launch a new program to benefit pregnant and post-partum women in the city with Mayor Herbert Bautista’s recent approval of a new financial policy mechanism. Authored by Councilors Marivic Co-Pilar, Raquel Malañgen, Franz Pumaren, Alexis Herrera… Read More

Comelec admits hands tied on pre-campaign ads

Comelec admits hands tied on pre-campaign ads

February 18, 2019, 4:40 pm

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it cannot control the spending on premature campaign advertisements of poll candidates prior to the start of the campaign period. “Unfortunately, we cannot do anything about it,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in an… Read More

Belmonte files libel, cyber libel raps vs. Morato, 10 others

Belmonte files libel, cyber libel raps vs. Morato, 10 others

February 18, 2019, 4:31 pm

MANILA -- Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte on Monday filed libel and cyber libel cases against former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Manuel Morato and 10 others allegedly for a “factually incorrect and malicious” article, recalling a case that had already been… Read More

Senate subpanel to tackle mandatory ROTC

Senate subpanel to tackle mandatory ROTC

February 18, 2019, 4:27 pm

MANILA -- A subcommittee of the Senate committee on education, arts and culture is set to hold a joint hearing on Wednesday on a measure proposing the re-institutionalization of the mandatory military and civic Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of… Read More

PRRD wants lifting of bank secrecy in Tax Amnesty law

PRRD wants lifting of bank secrecy in Tax Amnesty law

February 18, 2019, 4:12 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed but partially vetoed the Tax Amnesty Act (R.A. 11213) because it did not contain a provision that lifted bank secrecy for fraud cases, Malacañang said on Monday. In his veto message, the President emphasized his desire to include “provisions… Read More

AFP, Canada hold 5-day defense mgmt. course

AFP, Canada hold 5-day defense mgmt. course

February 18, 2019, 3:08 pm

MANILA -- To gain a better grasp of resource management within the defense sector, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) together with Canadian Ministry of Defense and Canadian Armed Forces, on Monday started the five-day Defense Resource Management Course (DRMC) in Makati City. AFP public… Read More

MMDA deploys enforcers for Catriona Gray’s homecoming parade

MMDA deploys enforcers for Catriona Gray’s homecoming parade

February 18, 2019, 3:07 pm

MANILA -- More than 200 Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcers will be deployed along the route of the homecoming parade of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray set on Thursday, February 21. In its advisory on Monday, the MMDA said Gray’s homecoming parade will start in… Read More

PH Army deploys EOD units vs. Reds' mine threat

PH Army deploys EOD units vs. Reds' mine threat

February 18, 2019, 2:12 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Army (PA) is deploying explosive ordnance demolition (EOD) units in the field to neutralize the dangers posed by the New People's Army (NPA)'s continuing use of anti-personnel mines, landmines and improvised explosive devices. "(Yes), we have deployed explosive ordnance… Read More

Ressa’s libel case not isolated, PTFoMS asserts

Ressa’s libel case not isolated, PTFoMS asserts

February 18, 2019, 1:57 pm

MANILA -- The libel case filed against Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa is not an isolated one, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said, insisting that press freedom is “alive and well” in the Philippines. PTFoMs also belied the claim that Ressa’s arrest is an… Read More

Northeast monsoon continues to affect PH

Northeast monsoon continues to affect PH

February 18, 2019, 11:14 am

MANILA — The northeast monsoon will continue to affect the country, bringing cool weather until the end of the month, the weather bureau said Monday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the regions of Cagayan Valley, Bicol, Eastern… Read More

Tullahan River can be transport route: DENR exec

Tullahan River can be transport route: DENR exec

February 18, 2019, 8:15 am

MANILA -- Once the Tullahan River is cleaned up, it can be developed as an alternative transport route for people and goods to ease traffic on Metro Manila's streets, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said. "If we can clean up and revive Tullahan River, this… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Mon. Feb. 18, 2019

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Mon. Feb. 18, 2019

February 18, 2019, 7:05 am

INQUIRER -- DU30 nixes amnesty for tax evaders PHILIPPINE STAR -- Rody flies to Hong Kong MANILA BULLETIN -- Congress pushes full implementation of Rice Tariffication Act DAILY TRIBUNE -- Blitz vs fake news MANILA TIMES -- Govt hunting foreign suicide bombers MANILA STANDARD -- 'Diokno… Read More

Modernization of maritime units vs. drug smuggling begins

Modernization of maritime units vs. drug smuggling begins

February 17, 2019, 8:37 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has started the modernization of its maritime units in a bid to enhance its capability to combat seaborne illegal drugs smuggling. PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde said part of the modernization is to purchase more motorized patrol boats… Read More

PNP lauds another fisher in ‘brick of cocaine’ find

PNP lauds another fisher in ‘brick of cocaine’ find

February 17, 2019, 7:03 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday commended another fisherman for reporting to authorities the ‘brick of cocaine’ he found floating off the waters of Camarines Norte. Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, PNP Spokesperson, said fisherman Norly Laudiana Soriano, 46, turned over the… Read More

PNP hails SWS survey on Pinoys who said drug users dropped

PNP hails SWS survey on Pinoys who said drug users dropped

February 17, 2019, 4:05 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday welcomed the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing that 66 percent of Filipinos believe the number of drug users in their communities has decreased due to intensified illegal drugs campaign of President Rodrigo R. Duterte's… Read More

More moms now bring kids for vaccination: DOH official

More moms now bring kids for vaccination: DOH official

February 17, 2019, 2:48 pm

MANILA -- An official of the Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said there had been an improvement in the vaccine hesitancy among parents during the agency's continuous immunization drive against measles. "Nakakalungkot talaga na nagkaroon ng ganitong outbreak dahil maraming nagkakasakit at… Read More

DepEd lauds bicam nod on 2019 nat'l budget

DepEd lauds bicam nod on 2019 nat'l budget

February 17, 2019, 11:22 am

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has welcomed the bicameral report of the legislature on the proposed 2019 national budget and looks forward to its approval by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. In a statement on Saturday, DepEd said one of the significant provisions which the agency… Read More

PRRD in HK to celebrate Honeylet’s birthday

PRRD in HK to celebrate Honeylet’s birthday

February 17, 2019, 11:15 am

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his family spent the weekend in Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of his long-time partner, Honeylet Avanceña. Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go confirmed that Duterte left the country with Honeylet and their… Read More

Isolated rains over PH Sunday

Isolated rains over PH Sunday

February 17, 2019, 11:12 am

MANILA - Isolated light rains will prevail over most parts of the archipelago as the northeast monsoon continues to affect the whole country, the weather bureau said Sunday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said cloudy skies with light rains… Read More